Dear Kindergarten Families,
Today marks the halfway point of our Distance Learning experience. Thank you for all your support on the homefront as we navigate these difficult times. We recognize that dynamics can vary greatly from family to family, including where you may be located in the world, number of students in your home, and the challenges of balancing Distance Learning with your own careers, etc. We want to make sure that we are designing our program to be flexible and adaptable for you and your child.
Please know that our daily slide decks are designed to meet a range of abilities and levels while still meeting the Kindergarten curriculum. As parents, we know that you have the best pulse on your child. The health and well-being of your child is the most important thing to consider. If you feel that your child has hit a ceiling with any part of Distance Learning, please know that your child can be flexible in completing assignments. We ask that you keep in communication with your child’s teacher about any challenges you are facing so that we can be aware and provide help and support as needed.
Supporting Writing at Home
Below you will find a link to a very valuable video hosted by Matt Glover. Matt Glover has been a visiting consultant at AAS and his practices and approaches to teaching students about writing are aligned with our philosophy at AAS. We recommend you watch both videos linked below. Supporting Spelling at Home and The Importance of Making Books will offer recommendations for how you can continue to support your child at home.
Supporting Reading at Home
All Kindergarteners received a collection of home readers as part of their Home Learning packet. However, now that we are three weeks into Distance Learning, you may have a need for additional reading material. The library at AAS has a great collection of online reading resources that are available to parents and students. We recommend the resource, EPIC, which has a collection of books with access to various levels and genres that you may find quite useful. Many books have an audio component which is also a great way to give your child more exposure to modeled fluency and expression.
On the link below, you will find videos and tutorials to help you with many aspects of Distance Learning, including a video to help you access EPIC:
Supporting Math at Home
IXL is an online resource that is also available to all Kindergarteners for math. If you find that your child needs extra practice in any of the skills being covered in Distance Learning and/or if your child is motivated to take their learning further, this is a resource you can use as well. Kindergarteners have been provided with their login and passwords for IXL earlier in the school year. If you need this information to be resent to you, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
Below is a link to some more ideas on how your can support your child at home with math:
Social Interaction and “Recess”
In order to provide the Kindergarteners with much needed social interactions during Distance Learning, we will begin offering an optional “recess” time for each of the KG classes. This recess time will take place on Wednesdays from 2:00-2:30 pm Moscow Time. Students may join their class for “recess” by accessing the Google Meet link for their class. A slide will be provided each Wednesday with the Google Meet link. Please note that this will be a supervised time.
Teachers will take time during next Tuesday’s live Morning Meeting to discuss the guidelines and expectations for students during “recess”. Please note that all live Google Meetings are recorded, including this recess time. Please remind your child that they should only access the Google Meet links during the times indicated on the slides. Students should never be in a Google Meet outside of these times, as it is not supervised.
In addition to the added “recess” time, Kindergarteners may also share with others throughout the grade level via the Kindergarten Village Seesaw account. In order to protect the privacy of our students and to provide appropriate feedback to students, Class Seesaw accounts are set so that students and parents cannot see and/or comment on other students’ work. However, the Kindergarten Village Seesaw account does have this capability. If your child has something special to share and/or if they would like to comment on what other students have shared, they may do this through the Kindergarten Village Seesaw account.
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!